Short and sweet, Very Good Lives is J.K. Rowling’s June 2008 Harvard commencement speech in book-form with all proceeds from its sale donated to Hard financial aid and Lumos, a worldwide non-profit that benefits disadvantaged women.
The book itself doesn’t contain any text not heard in her commencement speech, so if you’re looking for extra writings or bonus bits, don’t look here.
That being said, Rowling’s commencement speech was amazing. You can hear the whole thing for free on Youtube without buying the book, if you want. I first heard it the summer before I left for university, so it’s always been near and dear to my heart.
There are beautiful watercolour and calligraphic designs on each page that make it a pleasure to read and flip through. It’s a very quick read – I read it on the sun in my porch in about an hour, and that was leisurely taking my time.
This would make a fantastic graduation present. Definitely watch the video, even if you don’t buy the book.
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